This book was kind of a mixed bag. The first half, in which Bethenny talks about her 10 rules for living naturally thin, was great. I think her rulesThis book was kind of a mixed bag. The first half, in which Bethenny talks about her 10 rules for living naturally thin, was great. I think her rules make a lot of sense and are some great tennents to live by. They're all about keeping your food choices in balancing, watching your portion sizes, and not eating just for the sake of eating. Made a lot of sense.
The second half of the book, in which she takes you through a week of eating to be naturally thin, I didn't love as much. The sections in which she talks about what she actually ate during the week would be great for a person who has already met their weight loss goals and is looking for a way to maintain and live a healthy and full lifestyle without obsessing -- but it's not a way to lose weight in the first place. For starters, she never once mentions doing any kind of exercise. She says that she runs around a lot all week and keeps busy and that's how she gets her exercise. Which might be fine for some people, but for anyone who has real weight to lose, exercise is going to be key. And just for getting healthy -- you can't just start taking small bites of everything and expect to do your heart any favors.
As I was reading the second half, I kept thinking that what she really means by eating naturally thin is just not eating all that much. Though she did eat things like egg white omelets with veggies and salads and so on, a lot of what she says she ate during that week was just a lot of small bites of crap -- a bit of someone elses decadent dessert, a couple of bites of a fried appetizer. I just don't think that they way she actually eats, compared with the otherwise smart rules she touts in the book, is any kind of example to follow if you're trying to get in shape and healthy and stay that way. It's more for girls who are already thin. Because really, if you've got a lot of weight to lose and some bad habits to break, the amount of will power that this book assumes you have to just, basically, not eat as much any more, is going to be a big stumbling block.
Once I got to the appendix, where there was a table of three weeks' worth of her eating habits, what she ate did seem rather more healthy than at first glance in the disjointed sidebars throughout the book. But, it was still a lot of just not eating very much, so, I still think that, while everyone should take the 10 rules she lists to heart and apply them to their weight loss efforts, don't pay any attention to or try to follow how Bethenny claims to actually eat.
In fairness, she never says you should, but I think that she could have chosen better examples to show her program in action than having half a candy bar for a snack and talking about how fruit is kind of a crap snack because it's not going to be what you really want and you'll only be hungry again later. C'mon, Bethenny. ...more
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This is the first "diet" book I've read that actually makes sense. I feel inspired reading it, and the tools actually make sense. This book isn't a prThis is the first "diet" book I've read that actually makes sense. I feel inspired reading it, and the tools actually make sense. This book isn't a prescription for how to eat, but how to live healthfully and gives you tools for being successful with whatever diet you're on.